Crime, Police/Fire

Decedent, officers in fatal Essex police-involved identified

BALTIMORE, MD—The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General has identified the decedent and involved officers in the fatal police-involved shooting that occurred on May 4 in Essex. The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the 900-block of Boundbrook Way (21221). The decedent has been identified as 39-year-old Ralph Picarello, III, of Essex. The …


Crime, Police/Fire

Fatal, Essex police-involved shooting under investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday. The incident took place in the 900-block of Boundbrook Way (212210) in Essex on Wednesday evening. At around 4 p.m. on May 4, officers with the Baltimore County Police Department responded to a home on Boundbrook Way for …


Frosh files charges against unlicensed home improvement contractor in Middle River

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney Brian E. Frosh on Thursday announced that the state’s Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Patrick Michael Savage d/b/a Extreme Backyard’s. The Middle River home improvement contractor collected illegal deposits from consumers for home improvement services, failed to provide the services, and refused to refund consumers’ money, according to the filing. The matter is also pending …

Frosh announces $2 million settlement for TurboTax customers in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced a settlement that includes more than $2 million in restitution from the owner of TurboTax, Intuit Inc. for misleading Maryland consumers into paying for tax services that they could have received for free. Per a multistate agreement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Intuit will pay $141 million, …

Frosh seeks to cancel loan debt for students who attended schools operated by Education Corporation of America

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, together with five other attorneys general, is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to cancel the federal student loan debt of thousands of students, including students in Maryland, who attended schools operated by the for-profit company Education Corporation of America (ECA). The Borrower Defense Application submitted last week seeks relief for student …

Harford County Sheriff’s Office responds to Attorney General Frosh’s legal challenge

HARFORD COUNTY, MD—The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has issued a response to Attorney General Brian Frosh’s legal challenge that was filed this week. On Monday, Attorney General Frosh alleged that the HCSO was interfering with its investigation of a police-involved shooting that took place in Forest Hill on Saturday (details available here). The response from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office …

Attorney General Frosh accuses Harford County Sheriff’s Office of interfering with fatal shooting investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Monday filed a complaint requesting that a temporary restraining order be issued to “stop the Harford County Sheriff’s Office from interfering with the investigation” of the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division into a fatal police-involved shooting. The shooting in question took place in Forest Hill on Saturday, April 23rd. …

Consumer Protection Division announces settlement with Baltimore County car dealership over alleged hidden fees

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced that his Consumer Protection Division has entered into a settlement with Koons of Reisterstown Road, Inc., the owner of the Koons Kia dealership located in Owings Mills. The settlement addresses allegations that Koons Kia charged consumers hidden fees not included in its advertised prices, and it collected fees for shipping …